Trump Told Border Officials To Break The Law & He’d Pardon Them

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On Friday, the man who placed his hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution was revealed to have directed border officials to follow his rules instead of international and Constitutional law and, should they get into trouble, he’d pardon them.

Trump reportedly told his appointee to the Department of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, that he could simply refuse to allow migrants to file for asylum, which is against the law, and if he were to be arrested for it, Trump would just pardon him. The White House has dismissed concerns over the story by saying that Trump was “joking,” but the comments align with recent statements from the president that border officials should turn migrants away because our “country is full.”

According to CNN:

‘Two officials briefed on the exchange say the President told McAleenan, since named the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, that he “would pardon him if he ever went to jail for denying US entry to migrants,” as one of the officials paraphrased.’

Those were the same comments Trump made during the visit to Calexico, California, where he reportedly made those statements in front of border officials. They apparently did not see the comments as a joke, as some apparently sought the advice of upper officials to see if it was permissible for them to follow Trump’s orders.

‘During his visit to Calexico last Friday, Trump said on camera: “We’re full, our system’s full, our country’s full — can’t come in! Our country is full, what can you do? We can’t handle any more, our country is full. Can’t come in, I’m sorry. It’s very simple.”

‘Behind the scenes, two sources told CNN, the President told border agents to not let migrants in. Tell them we don’t have the capacity, he said. If judges give you trouble, say, “Sorry, judge, I can’t do it. We don’t have the room.”‘

Trump has repeatedly pushed policies on Twitter in recent days that are illegal, such as releasing all detained immigrants into sanctuary cities out of revenge against the Democrats who run those cities. On Friday, he tweeted:

‘”Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Trump said on Twitter. “The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy — so this should make them very happy!”‘

 

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